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How long does it take to install Windows ..

by christy / December 3, 2003 11:10 PM PST

XP Home: Clean Install? Upgrade from Me ?
For computer with:
? Pentium 4 2.66 MHz
? 40 GB HD; 7,200 rpm Ultra-ATA
? 512 MB DDR-RAM

I will not be reading the licence agreement. Wink

Thanks.
christy.

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Re:How long does it take to install Windows .. OOps !
by christy / December 3, 2003 11:15 PM PST

Pentium 4 2.66 GHz

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Re:How long does it take to install Windows ..
by glenn30 / December 3, 2003 11:51 PM PST

It all depends... but plan on spending several hours with all the program updates (SP-1, recent Critical Updates, etc.) If you have high speed Internet connection this may go faster. Sorry I cannot be more specific.

Glenn

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Christy don't do it!!!
by LarryD / December 3, 2003 11:55 PM PST

Don't upgrade from ME to XP, you should instead reformat your computer and do a 'clean install' of XP. Upgrading on top of ME can cause problems.

Make sure you are completely baced up, since formatting wipes out everything!

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Re:How long does it take to install Windows ..
by David Chan / December 4, 2003 12:08 AM PST

As Larry stated you should do a clean install instead of upgrade.

The actual installation of XP OS takes approx. 40 minutes.

If you also want to partition your HDD during the setup it'll take a few minutes more.

After that you'll have to go to Windows Update site to D/L and apply all Security Updates.
Since it's a new CD it'll likely have SP1 incorporated so basically you'll probably only have 20~30 MB of Critical/Security Updates to install.
The time need for that'll depend on your Internet connection.
On high speed it'll likely take a few minutes.

Then you'll have to install all your software & data.

Overall count on 5~6 Hrs of fun.
Make sure you have lots of donuts & coffee.
Happy

BTW, make sure you create a User Account in addition to the Administrator account.

See these links:

Clean Install XP

Windows XP Installation

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(NT) Thank you, one and all.
by christy / December 4, 2003 7:24 AM PST

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